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A prolific researcher-writer



Korlapati Sri Rama Murthy

Korlapati Sreerama Murty is a name synonymous with a researcher of the magnitude of a colossus coupled with a novel quality of enhancement and enrichment of the glory of Telugu literature.

He was the first among all Telugu scholars all over to have qualified for the award of the highest doctoral degree, D.Litt in Telugu literature, that too from an institute of established excellence in higher learning and research like Andhra University.

Korlapati is also the first to be hailed a historian bringing out the five-volume history of a thousand years of Telugu literature running into more than 2,000 pages in print, covering the period starting from the era of the 'kavitrayam' (Nannaya, Tikkana and Yerrana) till the age of decadance of sorts witnessed during the last phases of the medieval period. The history of the Telugu literature of the modern age has been also been readied by him for print.

Similarly his `Charitra Charcha', a compilation of nine critiques of his own based on critical research by himself on the Andhra Prasakthi and Prasasthi from the days of ancient scriptures like the Itereya Brahmanam till the end of the Vikramaaditya era, stands hailed not only as a unique contribution, but also the first of its kind opening new vistas for further research in Telugu literature.

Born on October 17, 1929, at Korlapativaripalem in East Godavari district, Sreerama Murty establsihed for himself a name being the top ranker all through his academic career till he passed M.A. He was also the recipient of the best thesis award for his work on classical literature: Srinadha (Ph.D.-1965) and Eswaraarchana Kalaaseeludu Sreenadhudu (D.Litt.-1976).

He served the AU Department of Telugu in various positions like lecturer, reader, professor, HoD and Chairman of Board of Studies from 1959 till he retired in 1989. He was also UGC Professor Emeritus during 1990-92. Dissertatons under his able guidance, were approved for the award of eight M.Phil. and 12 Ph.D. degrees.

The high-power committee on public libraries, AP Sahitya Academy, UGC National Seminars on Comparative Literature, Telugu literature of 1000 years experts commitee, AU Academic Council, Senate and Faculty of Oriental Learning, Syndicate of Telugu University and selection committees of Hyderabad and Osmania Universities are but only a few examples of some of the highest bodies on which he served either as chairman or member by choice.

He has more than 100 research papers to his credit, presented at national and international seminars, symposia and conferences, besides number of publications in prestigious journals.

Korlapati's historical novel Chitrasala, Gudigopuram and Veena (collections of his own short stories), Suvarnarekhalu (a nosegay of his own poesy), Pratigna, Pandavula Metta, Palanati Veeracharitra, Srikrishnadevarayalu and Bhuvana Vijayamu (all historical plays) and Samata, Natana and Paristhithi (one-act plays-social), in addition to the Telugu Sahitya Charitra and Charitra Charcha fetched him innumerable awards and laurels.

Recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award (Purse of Rs.1 lakh, citation and memento) of the US based Ajo-Vibho International Trust in 2003, he stands as a paragon of an exemplary blend of best poet, playwright, novelist, researcher, critic, editior and last but not the least, a literary historian.

It is unfortunate that his name somehow missed the notice of the Government of India for the awards at the national level and the books of world records, as the first to have paradigmatically ventured to put the history of Telugu literature based on his own discerning research on record.

Korlapati is happily settled with his wife in a small house in Koyyaveedhi in Chinawaltair and is contemplating publication of some more of his completed studies.

A. RAMALINGA SASTRY

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